Although separated by 2,912 miles, San Diego, California and Bennington, Vermont are linked by a chain of events that go back to the August 16, 1777 Battle of Bennington!
Early that year, the British sought to divide the American colonies by a three-pronged operation with General Howe moving up the Hudson River valley from New York City, General Burgoyne moving down the Hudson River valley from Canada, and Colonel Barry St. Leger advancing east along the Mohawk River valley. General Burgoyne’s initial advance down the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor toward Albany, New York was relatively easy, and several American forts were captured along the way.
As the British army marched south, colonial militia began to gather in Vermont and New Hampshire. By August, Burgoyne’s army was in desperate need of provisions, wagons, cattle, and horses. “Burgoyne then made the fateful decision to send an expeditionary force to the small town of Bennington (now known as Old Bennington), Vermont to capture these much needed supplies.”
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